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Fundraisers Saddling Up to Buy Life-Saving Kit

12 June 2014

Staff at Yorkshire Ambulance Service are saddling up for a cycling fundraiser to celebrate the Tour de France Grand Depart 2014 coming to Yorkshire.

Employees, friends and family are being encouraged to take part in the ‘Tour de YAS’ which aims to raise money for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service Charitable Fund, enabling more public access defibrillators to be purchased for sites across the county. These vital pieces of equipment can mean the difference between life and death for patients suffering from a heart attack or cardiac arrest.

The ‘Tour de YAS’ cycle route will begin at Todmorden Ambulance Station on Saturday 14 June 2014, part of Bike Week, and will finish at Hornsea Freeport on Friday 20 June 2014.

The cyclists can choose which of the following Yorkshire Ambulance Service workplaces (predominantly ambulance stations) they call at:

Saturday 14 June - Todmorden, Halifax, Bradford, Dewsbury, Barnsley
Sunday 15 June - Barnsley, Wakefield, Leeds, Harrogate
Monday 16 June - Harrogate, Ripon, Thirsk, Fairfields, York 
Tuesday 17 June - Fairfields, York, Sherburn-in-Elmet, South Kirkby, NHS 111 Wath upon Dearne
Wednesday 18 June - NHS 111 Wath, Rotherham, Doncaster, Selby
Thursday 19 June - Selby, Beverley, Hull (Sutton Fields)
Friday 20 June - Hull (St James Village Hall) to Hornsea Freeport on a traffic-free cycle route

Members of the public wishing to fundraise and participate in the ‘Tour de YAS’, can do so by saddling up to join us on the final leg of the cycle ride from St James Village Hall, Sutton, Hull, to Hornsea Freeport with a start time of 1.00pm. This 12-mile, traffic-free cycle route, will take approximately one-and-a-half hours to complete and is a great challenge for all ages.

If cycling is not for you, why not join us at Hornsea Freeport between 2.00pm and 4.30pm, where there will be displays showing different aspects of Yorkshire Ambulance Service, including our very own Community and Commercial Education Team.

Don’t worry, if you are unable to attend, you can still support us by texting TDYA14 followed by the amount you wish to donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5, or £10 to 70070. Texts will be charged at your standard network message rate, your donation will appear on your mobile telephone statement from your provider, or taken from your credit allowance if on a PAYG tariff.

Further information about the ‘Tour de YAS’ is available on the Yorkshire Ambulance Service website at http://www.yas.nhs.uk//Media/Tour_de_YAS.html

Follow the event on Twitter at #TDY14.


Notes to Editor:
1. The Trust covers almost 6,000 square miles of varied terrain from isolated moors and dales to urban areas, coastline and inner cities and provides 24-hour emergency and healthcare services to a population of more than five million people. The organisation receives an average of 2,180 emergency and urgent calls per day and employs over 4,600 staff. Our Patient Transport Service makes around 800,000 journeys per year transporting patients to and from hospital and treatment centre appointments.



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